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賢 is used to refer to being a wise, trustworthy and virtuous person. But it also contains the ideas of intelligence, genius, scholarship, virtue, sage, saint, good, excellent in character.
賢 is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Also used in a Buddhist context with same meaning.
Note: Can also be male given name, Masaru, in Japanese.
善 means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good".
善 is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.
Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.
In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Wise and Virtuous||賢|
|ken||xián / xian2 / xian||hsien|
|善||zen||shàn / shan4 / shan|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your wise and virtuous search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shèng / sheng4
hijiri / ひじり
holy; sacred; saint; sage
(1) highly virtuous monk; (2) (honorific or respectful language) monk; (3) Buddhist solitary; (4) (See 高野聖・1) Buddhist missionary; (5) saint (i.e. a virtuous person); (6) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) emperor; (7) (in form 〜の聖) master; expert; (female given name) Mina
ārya; sādhu; a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, saintly.
| xián / xian2
ken / けん
worthy or virtuous person; honorific used for a person of the same or a younger generation
(noun or adjectival noun) (archaism) intelligence; genius; scholarship; virtue; (male given name) Masaru
Wise and virtuous, sage, second rank to a 聖 saint; good, excellent in character, virtuous; intelligent
| shèng rén / sheng4 ren2
seijin / sejin / せいじん
saint; sage; refers to Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3]; the current reigning Emperor
(1) (Christian) saint; (2) (orig. meaning) wise and virtuous person (esp. in Confucianism); great religious teacher; sage; (3) (See 清酒) refined sake; (male given name) Masato
is the opposite of the 凡人 common, or unenlightened man; saint
| jiàn xián sī qí / jian4 xian2 si1 qi2
chien hsien ssu ch`i / chien hsien ssu chi
see a worthy, think to imitate (idiom, from Analects); emulate the virtuous; Follow the example of a virtuous and wise teacher.
| yǒu dào / you3 dao4
yuudou;yuutou / yudo;yuto / ゆうどう;ゆうとう
to have attained the Way; (of a government or a ruler) enlightened; wise and just
being good; being virtuous; virtuous person; (given name) Yuudou
to embody the way
| shū nǚ / shu1 nu:3
shukujo / しゅくじょ
wise and virtuous woman; lady
lady; (female given name) Kiyome
| shèng xián / sheng4 xian2
seiken / seken / せいけん
a sage; wise and holy man; virtuous ruler; Buddhist lama; wine
saints and sages; (given name) Masakatsu
the wise; the wise
| xián rén / xian2 ren2
kenjin / けんじん
great person of the past; venerable forebear; the great and the good
(1) wise person; virtuous person; sage; (2) (See 濁り酒) unrefined sake; (personal name) Yoshihito
A wise and virtuous man; a wise and virtuous man
|kenryouhousei / kenryohose / けんりょうほうせい||
(noun or adjectival noun) (yoji) wise and virtuous; good and able men
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